>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.22.10

>” No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

Pray
Father thank You for not allowing me to take on or be subjected to more than I can handle. Thank You for always providing me an escape from embracing the temptation that awaits me. It is then my decision to either give in or resist. 

Every day I pray for strength to endure, strength to look at temptation for what it is- and keep walking past. Father fill me with Your wisdom to see, discern, and know what to do when I’m faced with temptation. Strengthen me to see what approaches, what is around the corner, and what is waiting ahead. Amen.

Reflection
God always provides us with an exit strategy. He always shows us a way out of a situation. He knows we are weak and may lean towards temptation- so He provides us with a way to flee its grips once His wisdom fills us and enlightens us that we’re on the wrong path. 

That is unconditional love. God could allow us to be tempted and then just let us suffer, even when we are desperately trying to correct our walk. God believes in us so much that He trusts that we will want to do right; that once we realize that the thing or person that tempts us is not what He has planned for us, and is not worthy in His sight- we will run away and cling to Him.

Understand that God is with us always. He knows all, sees all, and provides a way for all of His children- believers, nonbelievers, and conditional believers. 

Let this Monday be a start of something new, pure, and filled with God’s light- not the artificial substitutes we use for instant gratification. Walk in and with Him, and say His name when faced with temptation of any kind. God bless you all.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.21.10

>"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

John 8:32

Pray
Father I bow myself to You. The truth I seek does not always feel good once received. You nor Your son ever said that the journey and revelation of truth would be pain-free. It is my desire to no longer hurt that makes me desire a freedom in truth that is painless. This desire is also slowing down the process of You revealing all to me sooner. Father I'm torn from wanting to know the whole truth and wanting to live a life with the least amount of pain as possible. I've endured so much in my life that I assumed the joy that I was feeling would last much longer, help me move forward into the future, and be something different than what I am accustomed to experiencing.

Friction brings the most beautiful diamonds to surface. Penetration of darkness is the only way for light to shine through. Nothing is easy. Nothing is pain-free. I understand this but it is still something that I struggle with- so today I pray to You for strength to endure this pain. That as You reveal more in my life that I am made stronger to endure, to walk with my head up and shoulders back. I pray that no matter how many lies I encounter- Your truth will always be known to me.

I pray for the strength that when You tell me my lesson here is learned and it is time for me to move on to the next one, that I can do so without resistance or fear. Father help me. Thank You for Your favor. Thank You for Your unconditional love. When I can't rely on man to love me fully, I know that You and Jesus have, do, and always will. Thank You Father. In Your son Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

This is going to be a deep and revealing message today. I share with the world because my loving relationship with God and Jesus is no longer a private one for me to tuck inside myself. If we are to grow and become truly one with God, and build His Kingdom- we must openly share our trials, tribulations, and testimonies so that we can all learn and see God's presence protecting and guiding us.

Several weeks ago I asked God to show me the truth about a situation. I asked Him to open my eyes and reveal the truth. What I did not truly understand was that this revelation would hurt so bad that it would be hard to breathe, think, or sleep. My body is in pain- but I am pressing forward knowing that it won't last long. These past few months have been cutting at me like quick slices from a knife, or millions of paper cuts. To find out that my reality was a lie has been so painful to accept. The reality is that I ignorantly believed I was placing God first in my life and in all of my decisions, when in actuality I was putting myself first. I was putting my wants before the needs God has put His 'stamp' of approval on.

As I pray, those around me tell me that I am to wait for God's instruction as to what to do- I'm not to flee nor make my situation worse- I'm supposed to sit silently and pray for His message. I have also been counseled to not go deeper because I will be tricked into believing the lie, and it is not God's reality, nor is it His plan for my life. But I must sit still and wait for Him. That is so troubling to me. It is so painful. I'm not sure what lesson I am supposed to learn exactly. Am I supposed to acknowledge one or all parts that I see presently? Is there more? How will this help me be a better child, steward, and ambassador to God? What is this experience preparing me for? I feel like a fool; like a naive child who should have known better, who should have paid attention to the warning signs but did not. Am I too nice, too loving, too generous, too giving of my heart? Jesus said to keep our eyes and minds always alert so that we can see when light as well as darkness is approaching. I trusted that I was walking next to light- and now I wonder if I'm wrong- or if darkness is seeping its way in to try to overshadow this light I trusted; or trying to cast a shadow over my light.

The truth will make us free. It may not be pain-free initially, but freedom from shackles hurts at first until you've been free for some time. I am waiting to be free. I am waiting for the lesson to be realized so that I can stop repeating this. I know this is a repeated lesson because the feelings are the same. The messages in my dreams are the same. The messages that come to me throughout the day are the same. I must see and know the truth in total- so that I can move forward on the path God has for me. I cannot be concerned with the temporal but the eternal. I cannot be consumed with what feels good, but what is of God- and nothing that is of God would ever make me feel the way I do.

If any of you can empathize with today's prayer and reflection please share this message with others, and please share your testimony and how you grew or are still growing from your experience. Do you have any words of wisdom to help those of us struggling with seeing and accepting the truth, learning our lessons, and moving forward?

As every day, I pray for all of you and I pray that you are doing the same in return for me. Let Your Sunday be exceptional as God blesses you every second you breathe and every time your eyes blink. There is no greater than God and Jesus. True love and joy only comes from a relationship with them. Know yourself so you can know them. I want to quickly thank my mentors and family members that have been a rock and source of support and love, especially these past several weeks. I also want to thank my guardian angels. I can't see them- but I definitely feel their presence. God bless all of you.

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.20.10

>And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST .'"When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Luke 4:12-14

Pray
Father I know that I am never free and clear from the path of the 'liar'. I know that temptation will never be in my past. I know that my mind and heart must always be focused on You, praying to You, and devoted to You if I am to fight this war. Father strengthen me. Keep me. Keep my eyes focused on You Father.

Remove people from my life that serve no purpose other than to tempt me, distract me, take my focus off of You Father. When they walk before me Lord, whisper in my ear to walk away. Give me the words to say to them so that we can part ways forever. Give me the strength to resist the feelings inside, and the desire to 'test the waters'. Give me the wisdom to know that You know all, see all, and have power over all; the wisdom to know that I can never be equal to You, smarter than You, or more powerful than You.

Give me the strength to overcome the 'want' of things I don't need- the things that could ultimately harm me or pull me off Your path. Father surround me with Your presence. Fill me with Your love and discipline. I don't want to test You Father. I don't want to give in to the 'liar' and temptation. I want to live honorably Father in Your sight, as Jesus clearly exemplified. I only want to serve You Father. In Your name there is grace. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Whether it be person or thing that tempts us, we know right from wrong- we know what is of God and what is a mirage invented by mortal mind, the liar. We need to stop lying to ourselves and saying that 'it must be a blessing from God if this is happening to me'. The flesh is weak and the only answer is God and His son Jesus Christ. Let our eyes not stray from the path. Let us not risk all that we have worked for just to have a moment or more in bliss.

Let us not risk an eternal life in harmony because of a desire for forbidden fruit. We know when God has told us 'no', if we ignore Him then we are 'testing' Him. When we walk with temptation and not with God we are walking with the 'liar' who says, 'just live a little. Doesn't it feel good? Why would you do something that doesn't bring your ecstasy? You should do what makes you feel good- let this be our secret!".

What we don't realize is that our judgment is clouded and within that ecstasy is a kill-switch that will bring pain; it will tear down the foundation we built within God's grace. What we don't realize is that the temptation will destroy everything you value most. It will rip apart your family, cripple your career, stomp on your dignity and esteem, and sit back and watch you slither on your belly in pain.

Ask yourself if this temporary pleasure you are enjoying now worth the long-term pain in the future? Is it worth seeing your loved ones in pain? Is it worth displeasing God and Jesus? We must fight for our lives. We must fight for our position in God's Kingdom. Don't test God. Don't try to outsmart Your creator. Don't let the temporal alter your eternal.

Love,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.19.10

>"…Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

Revelations 7:12

Pray
Father I thank You for blessing me every single day. I thank You for Your favor, and for providing me with the wisdom to see my way through each obstacle, and see each person for their true 'self'. Thank You for Your power to change my situations, to make my crooked paths straight, and my rugged ways smooth. Forever I will be faithful to You Lord. Amen.

Reflection
Let us be thankful for today. For the yesterdays we remember, and for the tomorrow's that aren't promised but we are hopeful to see. Let every experience be valued.

Love you all,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.18.10

>”The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”

Revelations 22:21

Pray
Father Your son’s grace is with Your children because of You. Thank You for bringing him here, thank You for delivering him and proving his demonstration of Your omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. You have placed him in our lives to show us the way, the truth, and the light. Jesus is the purest example that there is no such thing as spiritual death, even though in our physical beings our shells appear to no longer be relevant. Jesus shows us that after we are done serving You here on Earth, that our place in Your kingdom will be secured as Your eternal ambassadors. Thank You Father. In Your son’s name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Let Jesus show you the way. Pray for him to connect with you, to touch your heart and mind- to be the guiding light to our Father. Embrace him. Trust him. Love him. He loves all of us. His grace is upon all of us, not some of us- not just believers but also non-believers. He is loving and patiently waiting for us. Let’s join him.

Loving you all!

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.17.10

>Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

James 1: 13-17

Pray
Father let me see the difference between You blessing me and my temptation manifesting. Please let me know Your voice. Temptation is so strong especially now that we have more images, examples, and influences that counter Your Word. The media is present in our lives Father- showing us all the ways we can 'feel good'; technology has made it possible for us to satisfy our desires for instant gratification. The urges to get more, see more, feel more, and experience more without having to feel as though we're sacrificing more is causing us to deceive ourselves into believing we're not doing wrong.

Father I pray for not only myself but for all of Your children. Father lust, adultery and unfaithful behavior has been running rampant for many lifetimes, and now it is so common place that no one blinks an eye. We read about it in newspapers, magazines, blogs, social media sites, see it on television, and hear about it on the radio. I have succumbed to this evil more than once, trying to justify my actions and my intent- when there is no excuse for doing what You say not to do. Father I fear so many of us will fall to a slower fate as the Sodomites. Father save us from ourselves. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Sodom and Gomorrah suffered the fate of brimstone and fire because of their unwillingness to change, to resist and overcome temptation, lust and sin. If we believe that the Bible is an insightful tool that depicts a cycle in life on some level, then how can we not believe that in some way the natural flow of 'karma' will not return upon those of us who knowingly do wrong and simply- and obviously- don't care?

I'm not saying that fire will start shooting out of the earth and from the skies zapping people- but maybe our lives are more challenging because of the decisions we make; maybe those 'gifts that keep on giving' are signals to us to wake up and do right. Our casualness about sex has caused millions to be negatively affected by sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, yet we still refrain from using condoms, getting tested, practicing safe sex, only having sex with one person, or abstaining altogether. Our 'it won't happen to me' mindset has caused families to break up, people to lose their minds and lives- yet we do nothing. Fidelity is no longer the norm. Teen pregnancy is like a fashion statement. More adults over age 40 are testing positive for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Is this global karma? Can we save ourselves?

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.16.10

>And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

1 Samuel 12:20, 24

Pray
Father Mother God, oh how I am filled with gladness and joy to serve as Your ambassador. My mistakes and sins have been forgiven by You Lord, and I humbly thank You. Yesterday I said that I want to study Your Word more throughout the day, not just once a day, not just on Sunday or at mid-week service. I want to serve You in truth and with all of my heart. I want You to have all of me. I am never separated from You Father. You have blessed me in more ways than I can count Lord and I am eternally grateful to You. I will never stop praising You Father. I will never stop seeing You as my heavenly Father-Mother. You are love and Your are loved by me. Thank You God. Amen.

Reflection
We have sinned. We have done things to dishonor our Father. But in the book of Samuel we see that with our hearts and minds cleared and focused on serving and loving Him fully and unconditionally, that we can and will be great servants and ambassadors for His Kingdom. We must know and respect His power and authority over us and over the universe. We must not take for granted what He has done for us, nor have a selfish expectation that whatever we pray for we will receive. God determines our wants and our needs. He has the last and ultimate say as to what we receive. It is through our loyal servitude that we receive more as we give more- as we trust Him more, as our faith in Him is unwavering, and as our expression of Him is perfect.

Let us let go of what we did wrong yesterday, we have asked for forgiveness, and now we should never doing it again; and never come close to doing it or slyly committing a similar sin but trying to convince ourselves that it 'isn't the same'. We must never step outside of the realm of God's light for one moment. Stepping outside of the light then returning expecting blessings is most disrespectful. Let us walk in His light and be the sunshine that nurtures all, heals all, and represents all that God is…perfection!

God bless you this Monday morning. Walk in the light. If you know my mother be sure to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This is the day the Lord brought her into this big, ole' world of ours! She has been a blessing in so many ways to so many people, and I am truly honored to be her daughter.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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